It has just been announced that the President of the USA has just signed a bill that will raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. While this is indeed a controversial topic, causing concern to smokers and vapers aged 18-20, who have now no legal rights to smoke, there are some things we need to know.
Here is a quick guide to the bill, and what it means for young smokers and vapers in the USA.
President Trump signed a sweeping standing bill into law on Friday, which included the prohibition of the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21 years old.
He tweeted that the signed spending agreement would raise the ‘smoking age to 21!’- highlighting this change as one of its highlights.
Raising the legal age to purchase tobacco and smoking products in the US from 18 to 21 years old is a huge achievement for the White House, and more states will now join those who have previously passed legislation to raise the tobacco buying age to over 21.
Raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the United States from 18 to 21 marks a major public health achievement for the White House. There already have been several states that have individually passed legislation to raise the tobacco buying age to 21.
Does this Include E-Cigarettes?
The announcement of the bill came about as a result of the raising concerns over the increased use of youth vaping and the rise of vaping-related lung illnesses, which have surpassed 2,500 cases over the nation.
Various health organizations have put pressure onto the administration to ban flavored vape pipes which have increased in popularity among young people. Vaping was something that had increased in popularity among young people and had remained popular throughout the year of 2019.
Many argued that due to the increase of vape related lung injuries, that the sale of vapes and e juice should be increased to 21 also, due to the fact that many older smokers use vapes as a transition tool for quitting smoking– retailers have argued that this bill will dramatically impact in their sales of e-cigarettes and vaping products if the legal age of purchase is raised to 21.
While raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 is a very positive step it could be argued that prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, which, it has been argued, is a lure for young people, needs to be addressed next.
There is much evidence that states that these type of smoking implements are driving an epidemic among young people, who cite the taste of flavored e-cigarettes as their reason for using them.
This bill does not presently prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and vapes to young people under the age of 21. However, with the rise in vape-related lung illnesses, it could be argued that this is something that should take precedent when addressing the use of addictive substances among the young.